According to 3A WSL league standings, both Cedaredge boys and girls basketball teams are holding in sixth place with no wins and no losses. Overall, both teams are 5-3 and would be third based on those records compared to teams in the league.
The Bruins played just once last week, hosting Rangely on Friday. The Panther girls (1-2, 7-4 in 2A District 5) played a strong game against Cedaredge before losing 42-39 in the waning seconds of the game. On the boys side, the Panthers held a five-point lead heading into the final stanza but lost 69-68.
Bruins 42, Rangely 39
Rangely threatened to take the game from Cedaredge with a 15-5 first quarter on a flurry of 3-point shots.
The Bruins, behind the play of sophomore Courtney Freeman, stepped up the tempo of their game to outscore the Panthers 15-8 in the second period. Freeman scored seven of the team's 15 points on two field goals and three of four shooting from the free throw line.
Cedaredge's offense struggled in the third quarter but did manage to gain the lead after scoring 11 points in the frame to take a 31-30 lead to the final period. Hailey Henrie, Freeman and Makayla McKinney all hit 3s in the quarter. Cedaredge's defense did its part by limiting the Panthers to nine points in the quarter.
A fourth quarter, highlighted by the Bruins' defense which held Rangely to single-digit scoring for the third straight quarter, was able to hold off the Panthers for an 11-9 advantage to earn the 42-39 victory.
Cedaredge was seven of nine from the charity stripe in the final quarter, with Hannah Gilmore's field goal and two free throws leading the way.
Freeman finished the game with 13 points to lead all shooters in the game. Gilmore and Callie Wasser were next high for the Bruins with six points each. Kate Brown scored 10 points to lead Rangely's offense.
Cedaredge's free throw shooting definitely aided the Bruins in its victory with 17 made shots in 24 attempts from the line.
Bruins 69, Rangely 68
The two teams played fast-paced styles in the opening quarter with the Bruins edging ahead, 20-16, going to the second quarter.
Rangely (2-1, 4-6 in 2A District 5) tied the game at 33-33 with a 17-13 surge in the second period.
The Panthers came out after halftime with a little more offense than Cedaredge and took a five-point lead, 54-49, with one period left to play.
Cedaredge regrouped and found a rhythm on offense which produced a 20-16 run and a one-point victory, 69-68.
Christian Reynolds was Cedaredge's leading scorer with 19 points followed by Chase Meyers' 12 and Isaac Swoffer's 10 counters. Reynolds also pulled down eight rebounds for the winners.
The game's leading scorer honors went to Rangely's Kobe Broome who finished with 30 points, including seven 3s. Teammate Patrick Scoggins tossed in 19 points and finished with 10 rebounds in the game.
The Bruins played in Delta on Jan. 17 and are on the road to New Castle on Jan. 21 where they will take on Coal Ridge. The girls are set to face the Titans (0-1, 2-7) at 2:30 p.m. The boys varsity contest is set for 4 p.m. Coal Ridge is 0-1 and 6-4 in varsity boys play so far this season.